Not for sale: City fought to the end for Kingsley Coman (Sport Bild)
Kingsley Coman may be a divisive player for the Bayern fanbase, but he has some very high-placed admirers, including his former coach Pep Guardiola. Manchester City pushed for a deal that would send Coman to Manchester in exchange for Leroy Sané down to the wire. Sport Bild writes,
According to Sport Bild’s information, City pushed to trade Coman for Sané right to the end. Executive of sport Hasan Salihamidzic made it clear to Txiki Begiristain, City’s sporting director, that Coman was not for sale in their final discussion on Monday last week.
Manchester City relented: hence Sané will transfer to Bayern for a fee of €49m with potential bonuses of €11m, where he will have both Serge Gnabry and Coman as his battery mates on the wings.
Alphonso Davies’ transfer value skyrockets (Bild/Transfermarkt)
Transfermarkt adjusted the transfer values of Bundesliga players this past Wednesday for the first time since slashing values across the board during the coronavirus break. The hypothetical transfer value of one hundred players was adjusted.
The biggest winner? Alphonso Davies. Davies’ value exploded by 33% from €45m to €60m. Transfermarkt’s Christian Schwarz said,
The attention that Davies has received in the past weeks was massive — the 19-year-old strengthened his reputation after the coronavirus-break both on the national and on the international stage. Thanks to a €15m bump, the biggest in the current update, he has moved with his new market value of €60m to second place of the most valuable teenagers world wide behind BVB striker Erling Haaland, who remains unchanged at €72m.
Transfermarkt raised the overall value of Bayern’s roster by €70m. David Alaba and Leon Goretzka saw their value jump by 25%, while Benjamin Pavard’s practically doubled. Even Joshua Kimmich’s value rose by 17.2% to €75m.
Müller’s form made Kai Havertz dispensable for Flick (Sport Bild)
Hansi Flick was the chief proponent of signing Bayer Leverkusen’s young and versatile forward Kai Havertz. But not any more: the club has repeatedly stated it will not purchase Havertz at Leverkusen’s €100m asking price, and Flick has since committed to Hasan Salihamidzic’s preference in Leroy Sané.
Sport Bild claims that it was Thomas Müller’s white-hot form that changed the coach’s priorities:
Müller is playing in the form of his life, is his [Flick’s] extended arm on the pitch. The coach is certain that Müller can play at least two, if not three more years in his system at this level. Then Flick has no room for Havertz in the central midfield. Before Bayern buys a problem, he would rather build on Müller.
Müller, of course, was playing as second striker behind Mario Mandzukic when Bayern won its first Treble in 2013. That is the plan for 2020.
Otschi Wriedt hoping for a Robben jersey in the Eredivisie (kicker)
Kwasi “Otschi” Wriedt is looking forward to his new adventure in the Netherlands next season, when he will join Willem II in the Eredivisie. Wriedt can scarcely believe how his debut season in the 3.Liga with Bayern II went: “It went outstandingly. During the corona-break I would have dreamed of this ending,” he said.
Wriedt unfortunately could not help Bayern II play in their final game because of his transfer, which went through as planned on June 30. He watched the final match from the stands: “It was hard and emotional in the stands,” he said, “I constantly shouted, but I was able to accept it in the end.” And despite losing 0-1, Bayern II nonetheless clinched the 3.Liga championship!
At the end of the season and his Bayern career, Wriedt left as the top-scorer of the 3.Liga and was recognized as its best player. He said, “Being chosen best player and the title of top scorer mean very much to me. When you can measure up to and beat players like Albert Bunjaku and Philipp Hosiner, it makes me proud. Without the whole team, however,” Wriedt said, “it would not have been possible.”
Next season, Wriedt hopes to bump into Arjen Robben, who will be playing for his home club Groningen. “I hope I can get his jersey,” Wriedt said.
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